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IBMA World of Bluegrass Set For September, 2006

June 13, 2006 - 3:15 pm

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International Bluegrass Music Association

International Bluegrass Music Association

The International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass returns to Nashville for the second consecutive year, September 25 October 1, 2006. The week-long event includes the World of Bluegrass Business Conference, the International Bluegrass Music Awards and Bluegrass Fan Fest.

Kicking off the week is the World of Bluegrass Business Conference, an interactive event attended by over 2,000 music industry professionals from around the world that offers professional development, artist showcases, an exposition center and various networking opportunities. Seminar topics will cover important issues facing various facets of the business including marketing, artist booking, event funding, music distribution and many others. Jerry Douglas, acclaimed Dobro musician and recipient of numerous IBMA, Grammy, CMA and ACM awards, will deliver the keynote address Monday evening, Sept. 25.

The International Bluegrass Music Awards will move to the Grand Ole Opry House for the 2006 ceremony to be radio broadcast around the world. Overwhelming ticket demand and increased production abilities made the move from last year's site at the Ryman Auditorium necessary. The highpoint of the week, the IBMA Awards are scheduled for Thursday, September 28 at 8:30 p.m. Central Time.

The three days of Bluegrass Fan Fest, Sept. 29 Oct. 1, highlight the talents of more than 40 acts on 4 stages. The indoor festival will include a variety of Masters Workshops, the Bluegrass Exposition Center and The Grand Master Fiddler Championship. Artists confirmed at press time include Jerry Douglas, IIIrd Tyme Out, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Cherryholmes, The Del McCoury Band, Hot Rize, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Blue Highway, Mountain Heart, The Grascals, Alecia Nugent, Pat Flynn & Friends, Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers, The Isaacs, Ronnie Bowman, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Shawn Camp, Steep Canyon Rangers and more.

Proceeds from Bluegrass Fan Fest are split between the Bluegrass Trust Fund, established to help bluegrass professionals during a time of emergency need and IBMA promotional, marketing and educational events during the year. All artists appearing at the event donate their time and talents for the cause.

The events cumulatively attract in excess of 20,000 and are sponsored in part by Martha White, Martin Guitars, D'Addario Strings, The Bluegrass Radio Network and Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. The Nashville Convention Center and the Renaissance Hotel are the host facilities for the business conference and Bluegrass Fan Fest. Information and registration are available via the web at ibma.org or by telephone at 888-GET-IBMA.

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